Reader comments

On Would you support a state constitutional amendment that lets the Legislature avoid increasing funding for school districts?


Julie Craig 5 years, 5 months ago

I would vote for an amendment suspending legislator's salaries and/or pensions until they come up with a valid solution for funding the schools.

tomatogrower 5 years, 5 months ago

No way, no how. Wake up people. They are trying to destroy our schools even more than they already have. Think of how much money we would have if we didn't have to have all these standardized tests. They want to force people to pay for private schools or not get any education. No education would be great for them, so they can get people to believe stupid lying emails and Facebook "true stories" or lying "sound bites".

And Western Kansas, seriously? Are you ready to homeschool your kids? Why would a private school open up out there? But you'll vote for it, just like you voted these radical conservatives into office.

geekin_topekan 5 years, 5 months ago

The owners of this country do not want critical thinking individuals, they want subservient workers, people who are smart enough to get the job done but ignorant enough that they don't realize they're getting screwed! They're a big club and guess what, you're not in it!_George Carlin

deec 5 years, 5 months ago

Or even 291 executive orders like the most recent former president.

Cant_have_it_both_ways 5 years, 5 months ago

What our Governer is doing is trying to bring some value to the taxpayer as it applies to our schools. The liberals have been in charge of our schools for a long time and, if there is any blame for the disaster our schools are, they, at least, share in our schools demise.

All anyone cares about is getting value for our hard earned cash. Think about it, do your kids learn something if you just keep throwing money at them, or after a period of time change the way you do business with them?

Throwing money at the schools has not worked in the past and there seems to be no reason it will work in the future. Our school administrators appear to care more about facilities and pandering to the NEA than they do our children. It is all about the money. They don't tell you things like how much money the district makes on the school lunch program, or some of the other accounting tricks they use to continue to bilk the taxpayers out of their cash. Or course, if you are a leech and put nothing into the system, then why would you care about how the dollars are spent.

asixbury 5 years, 5 months ago

Liberals have never been in charge of our schools. We briefly had a democratic governor at a point, but not liberal. Nice try.

Cant_have_it_both_ways 5 years, 5 months ago

It has nothing to do with the governor.. it has everything to do with the educational system as a whole, from the top administrators all the way down to the guy that sweeps the floors.

I can not believe that the taxpayers of Kansas want to keep throwing money at the problem and expect different results. The educational system needs to be run like a business putting children and the taxpayer first. Get rid of tenure and move to a performanced based system. Institute a loser pay system for lawsuits, require parents to participate in their childs education and the other things that the current system complains about while saying "Well, thats the way it is".

DRsmith 5 years, 5 months ago

Depends, where does KS rank in funds per student? If we are on the upper end I could see supporting such an amendment.

Cant_have_it_both_ways 5 years, 5 months ago

Again, my friend, it has little to do with funding levels. It has everything to do with the way the system is ran.

Education should be placed in the private sector and moved to a performanced based system. The government does very little well. Education is not one of them.

asixbury 5 years, 5 months ago

A private system would only benefit the wealthy to the determent of the poor. Capitalism only breeds greed. Profit will be the only motivating factor; not the quality of education. Supporters of a private system will say people will bring their business elsewhere if the quality is not up to par. But what about the poorest students who cannot vote with their dollar? A voucher system will only go so far to protect the most vulnerable.

Commenting has been disabled for this item.